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Dorset on storm alert
Updated 6:02pm Sunday 9th February 2014 in News
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- Dorset is on storm alert with more heavy rain and high winds forecast throughout the weekend.
- Gale force 10 winds could be experienced at times.
- Coastguards are warning people to stay away from the coast due to the dangers of waves and debris.
- Preston Beach Road and Portland Beach Road will be monitored throughout the day and closed if necessary.
- West Bay Esplanade is closed due to debris, benches and sandbags on the road.
- The West Stafford Bypass is also closed due to flooding.
We will have a reporter in from 7am tomorrow to bring you up to speed with all the latest weather and travel news.
The Esplanade at West Bay remains closed due to debris following the high tides and bad weather while Milton Road at Milborne St Andrew and the West Stafford bypass are still closed due to flooding.
Things seem to have calmed down a bit so we're going to close this live blog shortly. Remember the Met Office has issued a weather warning for ice overnight tonight and into tomorrow morning so be careful on the roads. The Environment Agency also still has flood warnings in place for the South Winterbourne Valley and the Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke.
The red crane at Portland really has taken a battering in the storms this weekend. Here's another pic from our snapper Graham Hunt
Here's another shot of that giant tree that's come down outside County Hall in Dorchester
This large tree outside County Hall in Dorchester is another victim of the storms
Workmen in #Weymouth shore up the sea defences to prevent flooding. #ukfloods http://t.co/ENyHmirU8Q— @DominicHurst 09 February 2014
Janet Craig has sent us this photo of flooding at Herringston House just outside Dorchester
Dorchester water meadows being watery and meadowy #floods http://t.co/O3xr9VU3o4— @ruthiemeech 09 February 2014
The water is also looking wild down at Pulpit Rock on Portland
Our snapper Graham got this photo of people esacping from a large wave at Chesil Beach. We want to remind people of the message from the Coastguard and other agencies for people to stay away from the coastline and keep a safe distance from waves.
Plenty of storm watchers out at Portland again today
More stormy seas down at Chesil Beach this afternoon
Here's a photo from our snapper Graham Hunt of Chesil Beach this afternoon
Don't forget you can view our video footage of the storms here
The sun is shining again after a hail storm descended on Echo HQ. Let us know what it's like where you are and send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
MET OFFICE LATEST:
A Met Office yellow warning of ice is now in place for this evening.
The warning runs from 10pm tonight until 10am tomorrow morning.
A Met Office spokesperson said: "Icy stretches may form on untreated surfaces on Sunday night.
"The public should be aware of the potential for some locally difficult driving conditions."
One onlooker risks the waves for a photo of pulpit rock on Portland Bill. PLEASE take notice of safety warnings http://t.co/98qXbctApU— @DorsetEchoTara 09 February 2014
Once again the waves and weather here at Chesil Beach on #Portland are attracting a lot of attention from passers by http://t.co/ppW4Yc2MFF— @DorsetEchoTara 09 February 2014
Lots of people still watching the waves at Chesil Beach on #Portland http://t.co/4cKn6tBYYz— @DorsetEchoTara 09 February 2014
Please try to stay safe!! Keep away from coastal areas - flood waters can be deadly #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 09 February 2014
The Environment Agency are here monitoring conditions. A spokesperson said: "We are here ensuring people are safe." http://t.co/gVY20V1JXP— @DorsetEchoTara 09 February 2014
Tony Wraight has sent us these photos of damage to beach huts at Church Ope Cove on Portland, which show the force of the storms that have been battering the island.
This is the scene at Chesil Beach on #Portland today just before high tide. Waves are less fierce & wind has dropped http://t.co/6QF59wMVjU— @DorsetEchoTara 09 February 2014
Martin Underhay has sent us these photos of the storms at Portland
Calmer weather today along Dorset's coast, but risk of landslides/rockfalls higher than normal. Please take care. http://t.co/wKnqwegbbV— @dorsetforyou 09 February 2014
Remember bus drivers in Weymouth are going on strike tomorrow, although operator First insists an 'almost full service' will be running throughout the day. Read the full story here
Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, is at The Cove House Inn in Chiswell.
He said: "It's very much a feeling of peace and harmony here at the moment, but people are understandably apprehensive about the high tide today.
"The Cove House Inn is full with many people keeping an eye on the waves and tide at Chesil Beach."
RT @MattButcherEA: Just confirmed 4 more guys & some supplies from #Norfolk Ops will be heading to @EnvAgencySW tomorrow. #TeamEA— @curlychickjp 09 February 2014
Themightysea starting to build.What would it be like if Chesil wasnt there to protect us? #dwtwey #whychesilisspecial http://t.co/1FQakzwVYc— @DWTWeyPort 08 February 2014
RT @DorsetWildlife: RT @DWTWeyPort: 4 hares seen on Chesil Beach this a.m. while opening up Centre.Just another reason why #chesilrocks htt…— @Thelobsterpotuk 09 February 2014
It's not just Portland that's taken a battering in the storms, it's wild out west too. Here's a picture from our photographer Graham Hunt of stormy seas at West Bay.
We've had a few reports of damage to property caused by the strong winds last night. Andy White took this photo of cars damaged by a wall blown over in the winds at Grosvenor Road in Weymouth last night. We've also been told about another wall blown over in Southill.
Ted Troop sent us this arty photo taken from near Portland Bill
RT @EnvAgencySW: The Military and EA staff are out on the ground preparing for more high winds and tides at Chesil #floodaware http://t.co/…— @tasteatchesil 09 February 2014
Stay ahead of the weather with http://t.co/4MrTLQbqlj, http://t.co/TV8oTkOI0c and http://t.co/Ctbd67Kcb9 #dorsetweather Please RT.— @TravelDorset 08 February 2014
Our reporter Cat Bolado also sent us in this video of the waves at Chesil this morning.
Our reporter Cat Bolado has been up at Portland today and took these photos
RT @johncurtinEA: Flood risk for days ahead: #somerset #Dorset #severn #thames - for other at risk areas http://t.co/LwOB5ctLrE http://t.co…— @Firetrench 09 February 2014
Darren Trent captured this video of a close call for wave watchers who were dangerously close to the water's edge near Portland Bill. The Coastguard is strongly urging people to keep a safe distance from the coastline and not put themselves at risk.
Via @EnvAgencySW: Military and EA staff preparing for more high winds and tides at Chesil #floodaware http://t.co/eFk1ybwd6Y— @emmathomasson 09 February 2014
Izzy has also shot a video of the wave action, which you can see here
Izzy Imset has taken these dramatic images of the sea at Portland yesterday
Due to an ongoing workplace dispute in St Malo, the UK fast ferry service to the Channel Islands has been rescheduled to operate from Weymouth.
Condor staff say they will shortly be in touch with affected guests.
Below are the rescheduled timings:
From Weymouth to Guernsey
Planned Times: Departure 0820 Arrival 1050
Rescheduled Times: Departure 0800 Arrival 1030
From Guernsey to Jersey
Planned Times: Departure 1140 Arrival 1240
Rescheduled Times: Departure 1130 Arrival 1230
From Jersey to Guernsey
Planned Times: Departure 0920 Arrival 1020
Rescheduled Times: Departure 1330 Arrival 1430
From Guernsey to Weymouth
Planned Times: Departure 1120 Arrival 1350
Rescheduled Times: Departure 1510 Arrival 1740
Milton Road at Milborne St Andrew and the West Stafford bypass are still closed due to flooding. Let us know if you come across any issues on the roads by calling the newsdesk on 01305 830999.
A flood alert has also been issued for Weymouth esplanade and Preston Beach as well as other areas along the East Coast of Dorset.
Areas such as Castletown, Weymouth, Preston Beach, Swanage Bay, Studland Bay, Sandbanks, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth Beach, Hengistbury Head and Christchurch Harbour are likely to be affected.
An Environment Agency spokesperson added: "This Flood Alert effects the whole of the East Coast of Dorset particularly at Weymouth, Preston Beach and Swanage and will remain in force for two hours following the time of high tide.
"The time and date of the forecast high waters for which this Flood Alert is in force are 10:30am on Sunday."
Our photographer Finnbarr Webster took this photo of people watching the waves at Weymouth beach:
Remember you can check out our latest storm videos here
ENVIRONMENT AGENCY LATEST:
The severe flood warning for Chesil Beach, which means danger to life, has been downgraded to a flood alert this morning.
Areas such as Chiswell, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seatown, West Bay, Bothenhampton, Burton Freshwater, Burton Bradstock, Cogdean Beach, West Fleet and East Fleet are likely to be affected.
An Environment Agency spokesperson said: "This Flood Alert effects the whole of the West Coast of Dorset, particularly at West Bay and Chiswell - and will remain in force for two hours following the time of high water level.
"The time and date of the forecast high water for which this Flood Alert is in force is 9:45am Sunday morning. The forecast wind direction is West and the forecast wind strength is Force 8."
Our photographer Finnbarr Webster took this photo of weatherwatchers on Chiswell:
MET OFFICE LATEST:
A yellow weather warning of rain is in place until midday today, with heavy showers and strong winds expected.
A Met Office spokesperson said: "Frequent heavy and squally showers, with hail and thunder at times, will affect southern and western parts of England and Wales through this weekend.
"Some more persistent spells of rain are likely at times too, especially early on Sunday.
The public should be aware that further disruption due to flooding is likely."
Portland coastguards have told us that high tide for Chesil Beach and Chiswell on Portland today will be 1.26pm.
Our reporter Tara Cox will be heading down to Portland once again this afternoon bringing you live updates from the scene.
We've also had some brilliant weather pictures sent to us so far, so remember to keep sending them in to email@example.com.
You can see a mixture of our Echo photographers photos and reader photos in our picture gallery here: http://bit.ly/1kd9FPw
Good morning everyone, another very windy start this morning. We will be bringing you all the latest weather and traffic information again this morning and throughout the day.
Charmouth beach update http://t.co/4qJTtReRFs— @BridPoliceSNT 08 February 2014
Usually The Chesil Beach along Portland causeway looks enormous. Today the sea seemed to dwarf it ! http://t.co/m24CfaMnP0— @VisitWeymouth 08 February 2014
The Chesil Beach along Portland Causeway, looking like a seriously horrid storm... http://t.co/nwFvwuUZt8— @DaringClass 08 February 2014
Police have confirmed that the device washed up at Charmouth beach was a phosphorous marker shell and a controlled detonation was successfully carried out. The beach is now open again and the bomb disposal units have left the scene.
Charmouth..The item on the beach was a phospherous marker shell, and has now been blown up by bomb disposal..made quite a bang!— @lymecop 08 February 2014
Never a dull moment in #Charmouth this week, Storms, high tides, flooding and now a bomb washed up on the beach.— @charmouthhotel 08 February 2014
Charmouth beach latest: a controlled explosion has apparently been carried out and our photographer Graham Hunt says the bomb disposal units are now leaving the scene.
If you live near the coast check the latest flood warnings updated every 15 minutes http://t.co/Wf8Oa4rMCU #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 08 February 2014
Loud bang in Charmouth , hope that was a controlled explosion# bombonthebeach— @charmouthdorset 08 February 2014
Jo Drake-Leake took these pictures of the storms on Portland
Bomb disposal currently on the beach at Charmouth examining, what looks like an unexploded shell washed up. The area is cordoned off.— @lymecop 08 February 2014
The severe flood warning in place for Chiswell will remain in place throughout the evening and overnight, the Environment Agency has confirmed.
Homes, low lying areas and roads could be affected and the agency is warning that Portland Beach road could become impassable.
It states: “Dangerous wave overtopping including shingle is possible.
“The previous storms have caused some damage to the flood defences and reduced the profile of the beach which may increase the risk of flooding.”
Members of the public are being advised to keep away from the promenade area as conditions are dangerous and if conditions deteriorate the sirens will be sounded.
Force eight winds are also expected.
The Environment Agency is carrying out reinforcement works at Preston Beach. It says recent storms have reduced the beach crest from 15metres to just 3m.
Suspected unexploded shell washed up on Charmouth beach #cordon http://t.co/c3uiOFbRdo— @BridPoliceSNT 08 February 2014
Our photographer Finnbarr Webster has captured some video footage of the storms at Chiswell today. You can watch it here
Charmouth beach has been cordoned off while bomb disposal experts investigate a possible explosive device. Read more here
Wet and wild in #lymeregis #dorset http://t.co/3rIT6D9GOx— @chezlight 08 February 2014
The Met Office's amber weather warning for strong winds, with gusts of up to 80mph, remains in place until 6am tomorrow morning. The yellow weather warning for rain is in place until 12noon tomorrow.
Preston Beach Road is now open and will continue to be monitored.— @dorsetforyou 08 February 2014
Tout Hill at Bovington, which was blocked by a fallen tree, has now been cleared
It's angry out there ! #portland #dorset #storm http://t.co/wrAWAwX1BD— @CarlyJayneLemon 08 February 2014
We can confirm that Preston Beach Road is back open. We've spoken to staff down at the Oasis Cafe who say it was reopened at around 3pm.
Ruth Wild has sent us this photo of Chesil Beach
The Coastguard is warning people to stay away from the water's egde and stay safe in these stormy conditions. Darren Trent took this photo of three people he says were nearly washed out to sea at Red Crane on Portland
The Cove Inn on Chesil Beach IS open. Landlady Amanda Brought-South said she will be keeping an eye on the weather http://t.co/kYqa28jnBC— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
RT @portlandharbour: Seas breaking over Chesil Beach. Road closed http://t.co/kneoDSYSsJ— @LucyCorrander 08 February 2014
And here's another photo of the waves at Portland taken by Dawn Stratton
This image at Portland was taken by Charlie Glynn, who is just ten years old
And this snap is from Justin Glynn -
Portland coastguard have told us that high tide times for Portland will be 12.47am tonight - shortly past midnight - and 1.26pm tomorrow.
They said tide times for Weymouth will also be very similar.
A spokesperson added: "What's interesting is that we have got coastguard patrols out and about and it seems there has not been as many people out watching the waves which is, of course, a good thing.
"We continue to urge people to stay away from coastal areas when it is windy and rough, because you not only have the risk of being hit by waves but also being blown into water by strong winds and the added risk of cliff falls."
RT @johncurtinEA: 2/3 Military equipment arriving to support our efforts to repair #dorset coastal defences #ukstorm #floodaware http://t.c…— @whatsonGnosall 08 February 2014
RT @johncurtinEA: 3/3 Our ongoing work to repair #dorset coastal defences #ukstorm #floodaware #TeamEA http://t.co/khAEj4wZZb— @whatsonGnosall 08 February 2014
RT @johncurtinEA: 1/3 Military equipment arriving to support our efforts to repair #dorset coastal defences #ukstorm #floodaware http://t.c…— @Puddletown_ 08 February 2014
Neil Fitch took this photo of waves at Chesil Beach
Dorset Police say Portland Beach Road is unlikely to be closed today, but tonight and tomorrow morning could be a different matter #chiswell— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
Looks like it's not just Portland that's taking a battering. Pete Singh sent us this photo from the Esplanade in Weymouth. You can send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
And here's Finn's pics of storm watchers at the scene
Our snapper Finnbarr has taken these amazing photos of the waves at Chesil Beach
RT @OOhhMatron: Amazing waves #PortlandBill #crashingsea #Dorset with @thomohare http://t.co/zNgKfmtJ6G— @Thelobsterpotuk 08 February 2014
Dorset Fire and Rescue Service has been made aware of a large fuel spillage outside the BP garage in Dorchester Road, Weymouth. It says the local authority and Dorset Police have also been informed and are dealing with the situation.
It says the spillage was caused by a vehicle and not a faulty pump at the garage.
The blurry effect you see in this photo is actually the sea spray from the waves at Chesil Beach on #portland http://t.co/6uv22STHnN— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
Elite hair salon is now shut for the day #chiswell #portland http://t.co/jhfoQT1zpu— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
SEVERE FLOOD WARNING (danger to life): for #Dorset at #Chiswell #Weymouth for Saturday Please stay #FloodAware http://t.co/xTiI6D9o7Y— @AASORT 08 February 2014
Tout Hill at Bovington Camp is closed at the junction with Puddletown Road because of a fallen tree
Chesil Beach takes a battering - it's wild here! #Storms http://t.co/3OXSjTdkE2— @simonmartin_art 08 February 2014
Wave watching can put your life and your rescuers lives at risk. Stay away from the coast #dorsetweather— @dorsetforyou 08 February 2014
Police have informed me they are now going to Portland Beach Road to assess whether it needs to be closed ahead of high tide— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
A Dorset Police spokesman said: "We're just waiting to see the weather closer to high tide & will close Portland Beach Road if necessary."— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
This is the tide and waves currently at Chesil Beach on #Portland - lots of people taking pictures of waves here http://t.co/tqNRk9N5Rg— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
The waves at Chesil Beach are attracting a lot of interest as Police & Environment Agency wait on alert for high tide http://t.co/1rvckYGsWv— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
Police community support officers have now cordoned off entrance & exit to car park near Elite hair salon #Chiswell http://t.co/ZaAcfbFi6M— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
RT @debbyseamist: The storms have created some beautiful shingle sculpture on the Chesil bank at Ferrybridge http://t.co/5uEqGhjrMf— @Thelobsterpotuk 08 February 2014
Keith Bendall sent us this photo of work to restore the beach at Overcombe
Weather worsening here at Chesil Beach, rain and wind is getting worse and spray from the waves is already making its way over the bank— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
#Portland Severe flood warning from environment agencyfor Chiswell Portland for 1400hrs today and 0200hrs early hours of tomorrow morning.— @DFRSFireControl 08 February 2014
Keeping everything crossed that the beach can hold back the waves #chesil #dorset #Portland http://t.co/mO15VAOGOA— @jenwhyton 08 February 2014
A severe flood warning is currently in place at Chiswell. The Environment Agency also has flood warnings covering Preston beach, Lyme Regis, West Bay, the South Winterbourne Valley and the Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke
Here's another picture from Finnbarr of people checking out the storm damage at Chesil Beach
Our photographer Finnbarr Webster has also been down at Chiswell this morning. Here's a photo he took of the Royal Navy vehicles that will be working to preserve flood defences at Chesil Beach
Here is one of the Royal Navy vehicles that will help restore and preserve flood defences at Chesil Beach #Portland http://t.co/yuVXKYWj3s— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
Environment Agency officials working with Royal Navy equipment to preserve and restore Chesil Beach flood defences http://t.co/ujutlgNUEp— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
Police community support officers at #Chiswell are reassuring residents, ensuring no damaged cars & people are safe http://t.co/j8DStyEAJR— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
It's not looking good at Chesil. Spray is already over the bank & it's another 3 hours until high tide.— @loopyb_75 08 February 2014
RT @EnvAgencySW: SEVERE FLOOD WARNING: for #Dorset At #Chiswell #Weymouth for TODAY Please stay #floodaware by clicking http://t.co/0nEX62…— @JacquiiJohn 08 February 2014
#Dorsetweather Preston Beach Road (B3155) Now CLOSED until 16:00 hrs Diversion Via Littlemoor Rd and Dorchester Rd and reverse— @TravelDorset 08 February 2014
Ducks are loving the flooding at Radipole this morning! http://t.co/i2qIGRBhL1— @RSPBWeymouth 08 February 2014
Royal Navy lieutenant Jenny Kedge added: "What we are doing is sending through equipment to the area to support the Environment Agency on their work on protecting and enhancing flood defences here on Chesil Beach."
Speaking at the scene, Gareth George from the Environment Agency said the agency is working with the Royal Navy to preserve Chesil Beach.
He added that equipment and materials to help with the this, such as diggers and lorries, have come over to Chesil Beach today.
Mr George said: "The team will be going through practices and drill training and will start work on Monday."
Our reporter Tara Cox is reporting from Portland that Environment Agency officials are with the Royal Navy bringing vehicles and equipment to begin preservation work at Chesil Beach. The Environment Agency has told Tara that work to preserve and restore the beach will begin next week.
You can view all our recent storm photos at our online gallery here
Morning all, currently no disruptions apart from the closure of Preston Beach Road at 1100 and should re-open at... http://t.co/R45AWVdN9o— @firstdorset 08 February 2014
Sunny, rain and now sunny again? Dorset weather at its best— @BeckyyMiller 08 February 2014
For anyone travelling by rail today, engineering works mean buses are replacing trains between Bournemouth and Southampton today for more information visit the South West Trains website
Milton Road at Milborne St Andrew and the West Stafford bypass are closed due to flooding. Let us know if you come across any other traffic issues by calling the newsdesk on 01305 830999.
Preston Beach Road will be closed from 11am to 4pm due to expected debris and water on the road
Portland Beach Road will be monitored throughout the day and may be closed at high tide, with a severe flood warning in place from 10am
Alan Vincent sent us this picture of a large wave at Portland yesterday. Send your pics to email@example.com
#Chiswell resident Christina Moody said: "I'm trying what I can to protect my home & hope weather doesn't get worse." http://t.co/Iz7zs9u6Nb— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
Christina added: "Luckily I've had sandbags by my door but we are right on the front line of any bad weather, waves & wind here." #chiswell— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
Lots of #Chiswell residents have been well prepared for any severe weather by protecting their homes with sandbags http://t.co/uhNkJq9eVJ— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
The Dorset Police spokesperson added: "We are warning people to take care & monitor @EnvAgencySW reports." #chesilbeach #portland #chiswell— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
RT @johncurtinEA: #dorset coast to take another battering today - #chiswell beach nr #portland #dorset - stay safe stay #floodaware http://…— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
Here are the conditions at Chesil Beach currently but the wind is getting stronger by the second #portland #chiswell http://t.co/QyGfoVAdjG— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
Our reporter Tara Cox is down at Chiswell this morning
Good morning everyone, very strong winds & hailstones here in #Chiswell on #Portland - our live weather blog continues today on the website— @DorsetEchoTara 08 February 2014
We will be bringing you any news of disruption to our roads and public transport. The adverse weather conditions have already forced Condor Ferries to cancle all sailings to and from St Malo today.
An amber weather warning is in place today for stong winds with gusts of up to 80mph expected in the most exposed locations. Large waves are also expected along the coast, with the public being urged to stay away and keep safe. We could also see more flooding with a 12 to 15mm of rainfall forecast.
Don't forget to send your weather pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
Good morning. It's another wet and windy day. We will be bringing you all the latest weather and traffic information again this morning and throughout the weekend.
Latest flood warning information for Upper Frome (Maiden Newton to Dorchester) from the Environment Agency (issued 5.20pm today).
River levels in the Dorset Frome near Dorchester are rising and out of bank. Up to 15mm of further rainfall is forecast tonight with showers adding a possible additional 10mm on Saturday. Groundwater levels are high in this area and will continue to add to river flows.
Latest flood warning information for Chiswell from the Environment Agency (issued 2pm today).
"This Flood Warning has been issued for tonight's high tide. The recent event has caused some damage to the flood defences and reduced the profile of the beach which may increase the risk of flooding. The time of peak water level for which this Flood Warning is in force is: 01:00am tomorrow. Force 8 winds are forecast and expected to increase throughout Saturday. Wave height is forecast to increase over the next 36 hours with maximum wave heights reaching 8m. Severe Flood Warning threshold is forecast to be met tomorrow afternoon, and we anticipate that a Severe Flood Warning will be issued for tomorrow afternoon's high tide."
Underhill Methodist Church, Fortuneswell on Portland will be open from 9.30pm this evening.
A spokesman said: "It will be open for as long as necessary in case anyone needs refuge in the light of the approaching storm."
B3075 South Causeway in Wareham closed in both directions between the Pound Lane junction and the Nutcrack Lane junction, because of flooding.
The relative calm before the next storm. This afternoon at West Bay. #WestBay #Bridport #Dorset #UKStorm http://t.co/Sdr8s3aiRP— @bridportn0tice 07 February 2014
“@debbyseamist: The storms have created some beautiful shingle sculpture on the Chesil bank at Ferrybridge http://t.co/JRrHaIY3Kh” Stunning— @Judemymum 07 February 2014
The South Causeway at Wareham has been closed due to flooding
Flooding on the A350 in both directions in Blandford Forum between the B3082 Milldown Road junction and the A357 junction
RT @bagwellfarm: Bagwell volunteers with some of the 200 bags of litter collected along part of the Fleet today! #beachclean http://t.co/xX…— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
RT @metoffice: Satellite image showing the #ukstorm brewing off the Atlantic http://t.co/t4iMpKRMfl— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
RT @EnvAgency: A third of flood-related deaths involve a vehicle because drivers take unnecessary risks. Never drive through flood water. #…— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
RT @OliverLetwinMP: About to attend COBR meeting on weekend storms. Chesil, West Bay and Lyme Regis all in for battering. Work under way to…— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
A dramatic shot by our photographer John Gurd from Wednesday.
Dorset residents are being urged to prepare for more severe weather this weekend.
The Met Office is warning that gale force winds and waves, coupled with heavy rainfall, are due to hit the county tonight (7 February) and on Saturday (8 February).
Dorset’s multi-agency weather taskforce, including Dorset County Council, is again asking residents to be prepared by securing their property to prevent winds ripping items up and causing more damage.
Rainfall of between 12-15 mm is expected, which will also increase the risk of flooding.
Residents in Chiswell, Portland should particularly be on alert and ready to evacuate. Locals are reminded to put flood boards in and window shutters in place.
Simon Parker, Dorset County Council’s emergency planning officer said:
“You can help make sure your home is protected by securing garden furniture and clearing drainage ditches. If you can, move possessions, including cars, to a higher location and, if possible, stay upstairs during a storm.”
“If you do need to evacuate your home it can be easy to forget important items, such as prescription medicines. Please make sure you remember to take your medication with you.”
Agencies including Dorset County Council, the Environment Agency, town, parish, district and borough councils, the NHS, Highways Agency, utility companies and the emergency services are all working together to support local communities.
For more information call Floodline on 0345 9881188.
People are also being advised to take extra care along cliffs and beaches. Landslides often take place after wet weather as there is a delay in the rainwater falling and soaking into the ground. With the continuing wet weather more landslides are expected.
Simon Parker added:
“Despite several warnings, we are still hearing reports of people walking through floodwater and getting too close while wave watching. We can’t stress the danger people are putting themselves, and rescuers, in. For their own safety, we are asking people to comply with warning signs and officials’ advice.”
RT @VisitWeymouth: What a difference a day makes. Sunshine and flat calm in Weymouth Bay this afternoon http://t.co/S6G596Kn6i— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
RT @Echomiriam: @dorsetecho storm smashed railings west Weares #Portland today from @paul18280 #chesil http://t.co/XfyOyvKBnh— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
RT @EnvAgency: Remember you can sign up for free flood warnings on our website here http://t.co/LLRniXuee2 #floodaware— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
Flood alerts in place for West Dorset rivers and streams, Upper Frome, East Dorset, Weymouth rivers and streams, Lower Frome.
Flood Warnings for Chiswell, Lower Frome.
LATEST From the Met Office:
Amber rain and wind warning for the next 24 hours.
AMBER weather warning for rain will be in force from 8pm tonight -6am tomorrow.
A spokesman for the Met said: "Following the heavy rain that occurred on Thursday night another band of rain, heavy at times, accompanied by coastal gales will affect southwest England during Friday evening, moving quickly east across other southern areas early on Saturday.
"The rain will clear the extreme southeast of England on Saturday morning, to be followed by frequent heavy and squally showers.
"The public should be prepared for disruption due to flooding."
There will then be a Yellow weather warning for rain until 11.45pm on Saturday.
The AMBER weather warning for wind will be in effect from 8pm- tonight unitl 6am on SUNDAY morning.
A spokesman said: "Southerly gales will affect south facing coasts of southwest England and south and west Wales during Friday evening, moving east along English Channel coasts overnight into Saturday.
"After a short lull, winds will increase from the southwest during the course of Saturday with severe gales affecting coastal districts, bringing gusts of 60-70 mph and isolated 80 mph at the most exposed locations within the Amber warning area. Large waves are also expected to affect southwest facing coasts. Further inland, gusts of 50-60 mph are likely.
"The public should be prepared for disruption to transport and locally to power supplies, particularly when combined with the impacts of heavy rainfall (see heavy rain warnings).
"This warning has been updated to extend it into the first part of Sunday and to include western Wales in the yellow area."
RT @TravelDorset: #dorsetweather - tonight, we'll be monitoring both Preston Beach Road and Portland Beach Road, STANDBY to close if requir…— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
RT @TravelDorset: West Bay Esplanade will remain closed until tonight's weather event has passed through, and checked again for debris in t…— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
RT @TravelDorset: Swanage Esplanade will remain closed until tonight's weather event has passed through, and checked again for debris in th…— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
RT @CF_Travel_News: UPDATE | WEATHER due to forecast weather Saturday 08/02 all services have been cancelled see http://t.co/gbSEY8PlZI for…— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
RT @EnvAgency: There are currently 166 flood warnings and 302 flood alerts http://t.co/BrlDGAyBuy #floodaware— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
RT @EnvAgencySW: RT @DC_Police: #InTheKnow #ukstorm2014 Prepare for tonight and Saturday. Drive according to conditions, don't put yourself…— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
West Bay Esplanade will remain closed until tonight's weather event has passed through, and checked again for debris in the morning.
RT @bridportn0tice: That's not supposed to be there... West Bay Harbour yesterday afternoon. #Dorset #WestBay #Bridport #UKStorm http://t.c…— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
RT @WDLH: A lovely Friday morning in West Dorset! http://t.co/u4ZJzZmevY— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
For latest news on storm damage and how it's affected the #SWCoastPath please RT and share http://t.co/FRDlSu6RTs http://t.co/k2bnBhaL7j— @swcoastpath 07 February 2014
RT @EnvAgencySW: Our Guys in action at West bay #floodaware http://t.co/EG2Enx9TaP— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
Here's a video by UE Portland.
Here is a great video by Chiswell Flood on You Tube showing the waves breaching Chesil Beach.
RT @DorsetShellfish: On the top of Chesil Beach Waiting for the storm! http://t.co/Ava68eFLYS— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
It's calmed down a bit but there's more weather to come this weekend, so keep an eye on blog http://t.co/L5X2BvcWmO for regular updates— @ruthiemeech 07 February 2014
Dorchester weatherman John Oliver, who has been monitoring the weather for more than 50 years, has sent in some recent rainfall figures.
He said: “Rainfall in the 24 hours until 9am this morning totalled 26.9mm, and has brought the total for the last eight weeks to a staggering 517.5mm, or 20.37 inches - 51% of the average for a whole year.
“It is now the wettest winter period – which is classed as December, January and February - since before records began in 1896.
“The total is even more remarkable given the fact there is still three weeks of February to run and that the first eleven days of December were dry.
“There have only been five rainless days in the county town since December 12th.”
8:15am Fri 7 Feb 14
The council workers and the community have done a tremendous job of clearing up, drains pumped as well. Thank you for all your hard work, very much appreciated.
RT @sithefish1: New face wave at the Cobb, Lyme Regis. They're only coming through in waves. Spotted from http://t.co/WuC9qoRMvK http://t.c…— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
Just spoken to Portland Coastguard Centre and they said that the forecast for the next 24 hours is:
North Westerly gale force 7- possibly increasing to severe gale force 9 later on.
For Saturday into Sunday:
South-South Westerly gale force 7-9 occasionally storm force 10.
Hopefully Monday will be better.
RT @EnvAgencySW: Morning, Lindsay here, there are currently 2 Severe Flood Warnings 27 Flood Warnings & 62 Flood Alerts in South West. http…— @JamesHolbrookEA 07 February 2014
A KITESURFER was helped out but another managed to get to shore.
Portland Coastguard was alerted to the kitesurfer, who in turn had reported his friend was missing after his kite had collapsed.
Coastguards were tasked to investigate, but as more details were received the kitesurfer was located by the first caller, picked up and taken back to shore where he was met by Coastguard Officers. He was unhurt and required no medical attention.
A350 Dorset - The road is just passable on A350 in both directions in Blandford Forum between the B3082 Milldown Road junction and the A357 junction, because of flooding.
Shore Road (Swanage Esplanade) in Swanage closed between the Institute Road junction and the Ulwell Road junction, because of flooding.
Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew closed between the Milborne Saint Andrew junction and the Milton Abbas junction, because of flooding.
West Stafford bypass in West Stafford closed between the Bockhampton Lane junction and the Highgate Lane junction, because of flooding.
Esplanade in West Bay closed between the Quayside junction and the West Cliff Road junction, because of debris, benches and sandbags on the road.
If you didn't see them yesterday, here are a few pictures of the clear-up ahead of the further storms expected today.
RT @TravelDorset: Timelapse images from Portland Beach Road, Chesil Beach flooding - yesterday. http://t.co/HQbBUqJHhB #flooding #dorset #u…— @Dorsetecho 07 February 2014
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